Film Music

Derek at Real World Studios

Derek Kirkup is an English composer and arts producer. A graduate of the Academy of Contemporary music, he started his career in songwriting before moving into scoring for film.

Among his credits are the award-winning interactive feature ‘Olive Green’, which won in competition with HBO’s Game of Thrones web series to win the Gold World medal at New York Festivals TV and Film awards. He has collaborated with director Carl Mackenzie several times, including on the acclaimed short ‘The Interrogation of Olivia Donovan’. Most recently he completed his second collaboration with director James Webber scoring feature film ‘Sorority’, starring BAFTA winner Sophie Kennedy Clark and double BAFTA winner Kate Dickie.

In addition to his film scoring work, Derek has read scripts for Hollywood studio Eclectic Pictures, and is associate producer and composer with interactive-film company Choice Point Productions, alongside Carl Mackenzie and founder and psychologist Kasia Wilk, with the aim of producing drama that promotes conscious awareness of the power of choice.

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Credits

2021 Unseen Scars (pre-production)
2020 Sorority
The Marshlands (TV Series) (1 episode) (post-production)- Pilot
2017 All Clear (Short)
2017 Hushy Bye (Short)
2017 Just a Day (Short)
2016 The Interrogation of Olivia Donovan (Short) Watch
2014 Olive Green
2012 Working in Time (Short)
2009 Where Is My Solomon? (Short)
2008 Don’t Look at Me (I’m Ugly in the Morning)
2008 On Friendship and Fidelity (Short)
2007 A Dog’s Life… (Short)

Awards and Nominations

Sorority (2020)
Winner BEST FEATURE FILM – Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021
Winner BEST DIRECTOR – James Webber – Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021
Winner BEST ACTRESS (FEATURE) – Sophie Kennedy Clark – Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021
Winner BEST ACTOR (FEATURE) – Sam Gittins – Unrestricted View Film Festival 2021
Winner BEST FILM – Southampton International Film Festival 2020
Winner BEST DIRECTOR – James Webber – Southampton International Film Festival 2020
Winner BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Kate Dickie – Southampton International Film Festival 2020
* Official Selection British Urban Film Festival 2020
* Nominated Best Feature British Urban Film Festival 2020
* Nominated Best Actor (Sam Gittins) British Urban Film Festival 2020
* Official Selection Cardiff International Film Festival
* Official Selection London Lift-Off Film Festival 2020

The Interrogation of Olivia Donovan (2016)
Jury Special Mention Manchester International Film Festival 2017

Olive Green (2014)
Gold Medal (Entertainment Category) – New York Festivals World’s Best TV and Film Awards 2016
Winner (Educational Apps Category) – BETT Awards 2016
Educational Learning Resources Award – London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2016

Golden Camera Award – US International Film & Video Festival 2015
Grand Prix Best of Festival (Entertainment) – US International Film & Video Festival 2015
Gold Dolphin Award (Interactive Video) – Cannes Corporate Media and TV Awards 2015

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